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Jodhpur Bikaner Bike Trip

Posted: March 10, 2016 by obsesessivetraveler in India, rajasthan
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IScreen Shot 2016-03-10 at 7.53.24 PMtinerary:
Jodhpur-Osian-Bikaner- Nagaur- Khimsar-Mandore-Jodhpur
Total Distance: Around 600 kms (on a bike)
Bike Rental: http://www.jodhpurtravels.com/bikes_on_rent.php (Only 1 bike rental place in Jodhpur)

Jodhpur:
Also Called: The “blue city” due to the indigo blue houses around the Mehrangarh Fort which only the Brahmins were allowed to have to keep the house cool from the scorching sun.
Founded: In 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan and it became the capital of the Marwar state.
Attractions:
1. Mehrangarh Fort: was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. Seven gates have to be crossed to reach the fort built by various kings as the fort remained undefeated throughout its history. It is one of the largest and most magnificent well-maintained forts in Rajasthan and the grandest fort I have seen thus far. It is situated on a 150 m high hill and one can use a lift to go up or climb up the ramp as the main fort starts from the third floor. One can easily spend an entire day here exploring the fort and gaze at the mesmerizing blue houses in the background.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace: erstwhile palace taken over by Taj Hotels now but still houses a great museum that one must see even if you are not staying at the hotel.

Osian: (65 km from Jodhpur)
History: From 8th – 12th century, this town was a great trading center but now is mostly only ruins.
Attractions:
1. Sand dunes
2. Ancient Temples: Jain temples, Sun temple and the Sachiya Mata temple belong to 8th and 11th century and are mostly not functional now except for the Mata temple and the architecture is stunning.
3. Stepwell: This stepwell also has a very interesting architecture and very fascinating for me given my fetish for step wells.

Bikaner (about 250 km from Jodhpur)
History: The city was established in 1488 by Rao Bika Ji, a Rajput prince. The excavations from this city prove that the civilization was at its peak here even before Harappan civilization.
Attractions:
1. Junagarh Fort: was constructed in the year 1593 by Raja Rai Singh. It is believed that crocodiles were bred in the water moat surrounding the formidable fort. The construction is a fine blend of Mughal, Gujarati and Rajput style of architecture. The picturesque courtyards beautify the fort. The amazing architecture inside the fort inspires you. Some of the attractions inside the fort are Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Diwan-e-khas and Ganga Mahal.
2. Lalgarh Palace: was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the year 1902 in memory of his father in red sandstone with excellent blend of Mughal, Rajput and European architectures.


3. Rat Temple or Karni Mata Temple (30 kms from Bikaner): The temple is famous for the approximately rats (called kabbas) that live and are fed in the temple. The main legend surround it is that Laxman, Karni Mata’s stepson, drowned in a pond in Kapil Sarovar while he was attempting to drink from it. Karni Mata implored Yamraj, the god of death, to revive him. First refusing, Yama eventually relented, permitting Laxman and all of Karni mata’s male children to be reincarnated as rats.

Gajner Palace and Wild Life Sanctuary are also close by but we didn’t have time to visit the same.

Khimsar
1. Khimsar Fort: is a 16th century fort that was built by Rao Karamsiji, son of Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur. The lawn of the fort is spread over 11 acres atop a hill. The yellow-colored fort has been constructed in the traditional Rajasthan style. It has now been converted into a hotel and now taken over by ITC Hotels. They own private sand dunes as well.
2. Yoga Ashram: A 100 year old yoga ashram.

Mandore
Location: 9kms North of Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Known for: Erstwhile capital of Marwar region before Jodhpur
Attraction: Mandore Gardens which houses the following:
1. Chattris Of Maharaja Jaswant Singh And Ajit Singh : Mandore remained the royal cremation ground and there are numerous memorial ‘chhatris’ and temples, both Hindu and Jain, the earliest of which (on the hill) date from the 8th century. The finest are the memorials of Maharaja Jaswant Singh (1638-78 AD) and Ajit Singh (1678-1731AD), the second of whom was cremated along with six queens and 58 concubines.
2. Pleasure Palace Of Abhai Singh: The pleasure palace of Abhai Singh has been turned into a small museum.